Ambidexterity Through Project Portfolio Management: Resolving Paradoxes in Organizations

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Organizational ambidexterity is the ability of an organization to simultaneously explore the market and the surrounding environment, and exploit one’s own knowledge base and resources to improve performance and drive through sustainability. Due to ambidexterity’s importance in achieving simultaneous capabilities to efficiently manage today’s business challenges and at the same time to have the competency to cope with future business challenges and changes, as well as the role that organizational ambidexterity plays in improving business development, marketing activities, and project delivery, I opted to commission a research project, which was funded by the Project Management Institute (PMI), to understand ambidexterity in greater detail – what drives it and what could influence it.